Top 9 FAQ’s About Dog Nutrition

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Top 9 FAQ’s About Dog Nutrition

Balance is essential for your dog’s metabolism and development.

Dog food is formulated to be the central nutritional source and the ingredient ratios are important in making your dog’s diet complete and balanced.

Here are the answers to some FAQ’s about dog nutrition.
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1. Can I offer my dog bones to chew on?

You should only give “bones” that are aimed for dogs to chew on.

Bones, particularly chicken bones, can fragment and become stuck in your dog’s mouth or esophagus.

If swallowed, they can induce obstipation, intestinal perforation or bloody diarrhea.

2. When should I change from puppy to adult food?

You can initiate the transition to an adult dog food formula when your dog reaches 80 – 90 % of his expected adult weight.

Generally, this occurs about 9 months of age.

Giant dog breeds have special needs and they require a puppy diet until they are 12 to 18 months of age.

3. Can I offer my dog cat food?

Dogs and cats are not the same species and have specific nutritional requirements.

While eating cat food your dog will be ingesting excess protein and fats and this can lead to obesity and other health problems.

Recommend article: Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?

4. Does my dog get bored eating the same food every day?

It’s not likely.

Dogs have fewer taste buds than humans, so they don’t have the variety of tastes that a person does.

5. Does my dog need vitamins and supplements?

Dogs that eat a suitable balanced diet do not need supplements.

If you think your dog requires supplements, ask your veterinarian first.

Feeding too many supplements to your dog can be unsafe.

6. What is the best way to store dog food?

Once opened dog food should be stored in a cool and dry place.

You can put your dry dog food in a large, uncontaminated, plastic container with an airtight lid.

Canned dog food can be reserved in a fridge for 48 hours.

7. What is a “body condition score”?

The body condition score is a system for determining your dog’s body condition, basically, it tells you if your do is fit or not.

The system arrays from underweight to ideal to overweight and is based on a visual and physical examination of dogs.

8. Why is water important for life?

Water is crucial for eliminating waste from the body, regulating body temperature, carrying nutrients, and avoiding dehydration.

Dogs should always have a source of quality water accessible to go along with a healthy and balanced diet.

9. What should I feed to my dog with cancer?

Dogs with cancer have special nutritional necessities. Feeding your dog a cancer-fighting dog food formula can be a component of treatment.

In these cases, your dog’s diet should consist of small amounts of complex carbohydrates, high quality but modest amounts of digestible proteins, high amounts of unsaturated fats and omega-3/DHA essential fatty acids.

The central goal of nutritional management for cancer is to significantly improve the success of cancer therapy and add to the survival time and quality of life for dogs.

In conclusion, the food your dog eats plays a chief role in his overall health and well-being. Balanced dog nutrition is a vital part of a lively, healthy lifestyle.

By | 2016-12-16T21:42:55+00:00 July 4th, 2015|Article, Nutrition|6 Comments

About the Author:

Dora Mancha

Hi! I’m Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 – 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

6 Comments

  1. Karen Mitchell July 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    You should only give “bones” that are aimed for dogs to chew on…. Raw bones are aimed for dogs to chew on

    Bones, particularly chicken bones, can fragment and become stuck in your dog’s mouth or oesophagus… This is so false! Chicken bones are totally safe for the right size dog. Pairing up the correct size bone with the correct size dog should be encouraged.

    If swallowed, they can induce obstipation, intestinal perforation or bloody diarrhoea…. This again is so untrue!

    How can you sit there and give this false advice after you say you’ve studied veterinary? You of all people should know that raw bones are the best natural nutritional food for dogs, AND cats!

    • Scott July 5, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Chicken bones are not good for ANY dog to eat!

      • Karen Mitchell July 8, 2015 at 9:51 pm

        Scott, If your going to state some false allocations, the least you could do it state the reasons why and before you do make a comment, make sure you know something about it.
        Like I said, appropriate size bone for appropriate size dog!!! You DON’T go and give a Rotty or a Bull Terrier a chicken wing!!
        In saying that, most of the chicken bones have very little nutrient value for the animal anyway. The chicken frame is the best part, along with the head and feet and organs!.
        Source: Dr Bruce Syme (25 years Veterinarian)

    • Dora Mancha
      Dora Mancha July 9, 2015 at 9:58 am

      I understand your point of view. However, in my experience as a veterinarian I had cases of intestinal perforation, obstipation, choke and bloody diarrhea as a consequence of dogs eating bones. Additionally, there are numerous published studies which document problems with raw and cooked bones including risk for fractured teeth, choke, gastrointestinal perforation, intestinal obstruction, and infectious diseases.
      For example: http://www.cliniciansbrief.com/article/case-gastroenteritis-or-something-else‏

      • Karen Mitchell July 13, 2015 at 4:32 pm

        Dora, That link cannot be found btw
        So what, how many cases out of 10? 8? 2?
        When you weigh up the benefits as well as the pro’s and cons, I think it’s fair to say that they are better off with raw bones than they are without. Cooked bones are a DEFINITE NO!! This includes smoked and dried.

        What pet owners need to be educated on is offering their pet the appropriate bone for their pet!! i.e.: You cannot go and offer a doberman or a Mastiff a chicken wing. Sadly, that’s what a lot of them do!!!
        Also, not all bones are the same, some are softer than others and people need to know which ones are too hard for certain breeds!

        Vets All Natural Bruce Syme has been practicing for 25 years, has his own practice, product line, studied acupuncture, herbal medicine, homoeopathy and flower essences, lecturer/teacher etc etc, so I think he knows what he’s taking about. He has an excellent webinar on raw bones and articles, which are great guides.

        Article : http://www.vetsallnatural.com.au/feeding-raw-bones/
        Webinar : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHm7ZD71Swg

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